Meet the Governing Body

  • Miss Jennifer Lane


  • Mr Robin Riordan

    Chair of Governors

    Term of Office:
    Foundation Governor 01/03/17-28/02/21
    Chair of Governors 01/10/17-01/10/18

    Occupation: Managing partner
    Robin has lived in the area for the past 16 years and all four of his children have attended the School. He brings experience of transformational leadership in blue chip companies to his role as a Chair of Governors representing St Luke’s church. In his spare time, Robin likes to cook, walk his dogs and enjoy the local countryside.

  • Mrs Karen Dursley

    Staff Governor

    Term of Office 01/09/17-31/08/19

  • Vicar David Trehearne

    Ex-officio Foundation Governonr

    Occupation: Vicar of Tidenham and Priest-in-Charge of St Briavels with Hewelsfield

    I was appointed Vicar of the Parish of Tidenham in 2012. Prior to my appointment here I was Llandaff Diocesan Vocations Advisor and Parish Priest of Porthkerry and Rhoose in the Church in Wales. I am married to Kathy and we have one daughter. I am a keen musician having done my first degree in music and in my spare time I very much enjoy sport (but not rugby), good wine & food (game and Chinese) and travelling! Once upon a time I was also known for doing very good impressions but that seems a long time ago now!

    Why I do it:
    With Tutshill School being a Church of England school and me being the Vicar of the Parish I have the privilege of inheriting the position of Ex-officio foundation governor. However, I do also have an education background having once upon a time trained as a teacher and having worked in several schools so I am very glad to be part of the school’s governing body and the school community.

  • Ms Marilyn Henderson

    Foundation Governor

    Term of Office

    I have been a governor at Tutshill Primary school since 2002. I am a member of the personnel committee and link governor for Early Years and I am the nominated child protection governor.

    I have lived in this area for 35 years and been a member of the local church since 1990.

    My main focus is working with children through St Luke’s Church where I have been teaching Sunday school for over 22 Years.

    I am a retired civil servant working for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Defence. I have two adult sons and my main interests are travel and English literature/poetry.

  • Mrs Alex Watson

    Parent Governor

    Term of Office

  • Dr Surraya Rowe

    Parent Governor

    Term of Office

  • Dr Marion Evans

    Co-opted Governor

    Term of Office

    I am a registered nurse who has worked for the health service for the past 36 years. I am currently a Director of Nursing and have had a wide variety of clinical and managerial experience running large public sector organisations. I have specific expertise in performance management, strategic planning and change management, which I consider are helpful skills that can be used to assist the school and our pupils to fulfil their potential.

    Why I do it:
    I have been a Governor at Tutshill C of E School since 2004 and during this time have been both chair and vice-chair of the governing body. I am also a member of the personnel committee at the school and Governor lead for maths. I became a governor as I am keen to ensure that all our children are able to have a good start in life as this has a direct effect on their future well-being.

  • Mrs Katharine Clarke

    Co-opted Governor

    Term of Office 01/10/15-30/09/19

    I am a retired mathematics teacher with grandchildren of primary school age and a lifelong interest in education. As well as teaching mathematics to A- level, mostly in a sixth form college, my professional responsibilities included curriculum planning, recruitment and mentoring in the mathematics department together with quality management across a broad range of subject areas. In addition I was an external reviewer for the provision and teaching of mathematics in other colleges in the South East of England.

    I live in Tutshill, close to the school, and take a particular interest in education both for the welfare of children and for the benefits that educational excellence can bring to the wider community. I joined the Tutshill School Governors in September 2015 and serve on the Finance and Resources Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am also the governor curriculum link for provision of Mathematics and French in the school.

  • Mrs Amanda Cooper

    Co-opted Governor

    Term of Office 05/10/15-06/10/19

  • Mrs Karen Beard

    Clerk to the Governors

Associate Governors
  • Mrs Natalie Fryer

    Associate Governor

  • Mrs Nina Williamson

    Associate Governor - Finance Committee

  • Mrs Ruth Rusling

    Associate Governor - Teaching & Learning Committee

  • Mrs Amy Fleet

    Associate Governor - Teaching & Learning Committee

  • Mr John Ross Henderson

    Associate Governor - Teaching & Learning Committee

LA Governor
Parent Governor
Co-opted Governor x 3
Governors and Associate Members who have stepped down over the last 12 months.
  • Mrs Anne Davies

    Associate Governor

  • Dr Fiona Bowie

    Co-opted Governor

    I am a social anthropologist by training, and have taught in a number of universities in the UK and abroad, including the University of Wales and Bristol University. I am currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London, a Member of Wolfson College Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Alongside teaching and research I have considerable administrative and managerial experience within Higher Education; skills that I can use in my role as a school governor. I have been involved with the field of adoption for many years, and was for a while Vice Chair of the St David’s Children’s Society Adoption Panel in Cardiff and member of the BAAF Research Committee in London.

    Why I do it:
    I have been an active member of Tidenham Parish since moving to the area in 2003, and for many years helped out with Sunday School. I have been a Parish Councillor since 2014 and joined the Tutshill School Governors in September 2015. I am committed to trying to ensure that children are able to access an education that develops the whole person, and not just their cognitive ability, and that school is a happy and positive experience for all pupils. I have a particular remit for Year Three and PHSCE.

  • Mrs Sarah Jane Gilchrist

    Local Authority Governor

    Occupation: Nurse

    Having originally trained and worked as a nurse, I have managed to work for most of our postings, wherever we lived. I also took the opportunity to both run my own business, and a military charity which funded holidays for service children with special needs. I am very aware that the early years of any child’s education is vital; creating the environment to encourage learning and to make the most of the opportunities available is something I think is incredibly important.

    Why I do it:
    I have been settled in Tidenham for the majority of the past 14 years having previously traveled all over the world as a service child and then wife. Now that I have more time on my hands, I want to put something back into the community.

  • Mr Gavin Foxall

    Parent Governor